Under Trump’s illegitimate presidency, 36 percent of Americans claim that they are very worried about another war; 30 percent say that they are somewhat worried.
Those of you who are under 40 have no memory of America’s failures when engaged in military conflict in foreign nations. You don’t remember our nation losing the ‘Korean Conflict,’ and why there remain two Koreas. You cannot understand how badly the United States military was defeated in South Vietnam, or the division this controversial war created among generations. You are likely unaware of a debacle in Somalia, which occurred on October 3rd and 4th in the city of Mogadishu. What was to be a raid lasting no more than two hours lasted through the night. In what came to be a rescue mission, America lost two Blackhawk helicopters.
You should remember and hopefully understand our failure in Iraq. In March of 2003 President George W. Bush, under the influence of Vice-President Dick Cheney, invaded Saddam Hussein’s nation after lying to Congress and the American people. When the majority of our nation’s military left in 2011, the former Sunni ruling body had been replaced with Shiites. The result was civil war, and the creation of ISIS.
In November of 2001, Bush and Cheney sent 1,300 troops to Afghanistan. The purpose: to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, the architect of the attacks on September 11, 2001. The plan was a failure, and we remain engaged in America’s longest lasting war with no end in sight. In August of 2010, the total number of American military in Afghanistan had reached 100,000. There remain approximately 9,000 troops in Afghanistan today, and Trump plans to increase our military presence, but the number has not been disclosed.
A war in Afghanistan is fool hardy. We need only look at what occurred between 1979 and 1989 when the Soviets invaded this nation, and were badly beaten.
At 71 years of age, I can tell you two things; today’s warfare is unwinnable with the use of military might, and I am one of tens of thousand of Americans who are tired of losing our young men and women, and spending trillions of dollars half way around the world with the results always being the same. It’s past time to ‘give peace a chance.’
Sadly, Trump has reduced our State Department’s ability to perform its diplomatic duties. Instead, he has proposed an increase of $54 billion for the Pentagon’s budget; one-half of which they will surely waste.
Trump loves war, ‘including nuclear war.’ He has no ability to be a negotiator and therefore chooses to ignore that tactic as a possibility. He denies climate change, but accepts everything he hears on FOX Noise, Breitbart, and Alex Jones’ Info Wars.
I wish he believed that peace was possible, and that bringing our men and women home is the right thing to do.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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